After 13 years, the Art of Water event returned to recognize some of the greatest names and projects in the Canadian pool and spa industry.
Presented by Pool & Spa Marketing and Pools & Patios, the live-streamed virtual award ceremony brought pool professionals together to acknowledge their hard work and achievements over the past season. This year’s sponsors included Pleatco (platinum), SCP Distributors (gold), Hayward Pool Products and Fluidra (silvers), and Raypak (bronze).
The recent surge in pool installations gave entrants a fair share of projects to choose from. Judges considered each entry based on design suitability, creativity, originality, materials and methods, complexity, and surrounding elements.
As final scores were close, all entrants were congratulated for the superior quality of their submissions.
The marquee awards of the evening were Top Pool and Spa Builder, Top Service Pro, and Ultimate Backyard Project. Pool Craft from Richmond Hill, Ont., proudly accepted two of these three awards.
“This is a big honour,” said company representative Chris O’Donnell, after winning Top Pool and Spa Builder. “Thanks for putting this on and giving us the opportunity to come back after such a crazy year. We have such a great team and they’re going to be so proud of this. They’re truly dedicated and they’re going to love this. Thanks so much!”
Here are the winners of the 2021 Art of Water Awards.
Residential Inground Fibreglass Pools – CCS Pool and Landscape, Barrie, Ont.
Residential Inground Concrete Pools – BonaVista Pools and Leisurescapes, Toronto, Ont.
Small Backyard Venue (Residential) – BonaVista Pools and Leisurescapes, Toronto, Ont.
Residential Water Features – UPLP Group, East Garafraxa, Ont.
Top Pool and Spa Builder – Pool Craft, Richmond Hill, Ont.
Top Service Pro – Acapulco Pools, Kitchener, Ont.
Ultimate Backyard Project – Pool Craft, Richmond Hill, Ont.
Residential Inground Vinyl Liner Pools – Edengrove Landscapes, Mississauga, Ont.
Residential Spas and Hot Tubs – Hampton Pools and Landscape, Kelowna, B.C.
Residential Indoor Pool – Interstyle Ceramic and Glass, Burnaby, B.C.
Commercial Aquatic Facility – Empex Water Toys, Stouffville, Ont.
The presentation also incorporated this year’s Readers’ Choice Awards, spotlighting audience picks for the industry’s best products.
Here are the winners of the 2021 Reader’s Choice Awards.
Spa Types and Accessories – SMP Specialty Metal/Ultralift, Vision Lift Boomerang
Maintenance and Cleaning – Kokido Development Limited, Rechargeable Spa Vacuum
Maintenance and Cleaning – Union Laboratories Inc., Vinyl Pool Repair Kit
Business – Oracle RMS Insurance, Insurance Solutions for the Pool and Spa Industry
Commercial Pool – Spectrum Aquatics, Kersplash Pool Climbing Walls
Commercial Pool – Aqua Creek Products, Scout 2 Pool Lift
Pool and Spa Accessories – Tecmark Corporation, GFCI Personnel and Equipment Protection
Pool and Spa Accessories – Recreation by Lemmie Jones LLC, Residential Waterslides
Equipment and Parts – Pentair, IntelliFlo VSF Variable Speed and Flow Pool Pump
Pool Construction Products – PoolWerx Inc., Inground Pool Liners
Specialty Features – CMP, Brilliant Wonders 4-in. LED Bubbler
Celebrity cameos for the evening included singer-songwriter/actor Jann Arden, former Toronto Maple Leafs captain Wendel Clark, and builder-contractor/TV host Mike Holmes.
Find full coverage of the 2021 Art of Water Awards in the December issue of Pool & Spa Marketing.